Although not a lawyer, Eyman is acting as his own attorney in this legal battle. But he’s probably been in and out of court enough to anticipate correctly that things were going to go badly for him. Even before Dixon handed down his ruling, he sent out an appeal to his extensive email list used for drumming up financial help. “Please help me survive (Ferguson’s) political jihad against me and my family,” it said.
If anyone falls for that line, it seems Eyman would be wise to list any money that comes in as contributions, just to be on the safe side.
Down the ballot
Speaking of Eyman, voters who get their general election ballots next month and wonder why they have to wade through a dozen “advisory votes” to mark their choice for mayor or city council will have him to thank.
Because of I-960, one of his past productions approved in 2007, advisory votes are required whenever the Legislature raises taxes. In the 2019 session, they made a dozen changes in tax law from setting up a system to help pay for long-term care to helping rural development to revising the real estate excise tax (which lowers that tax for many people but raises it for others) to higher business and occupation taxes for some professions.
All are going on the ballot, and state law puts statewide measures ahead of local elections. This is more advisory votes than ever before, but if history is any guide, regardless of whether they pass or fail, the Legislature will spend no time heeding that “advice.”
Is that the ticket?
September 24 is National Voter Registration Day, and various civic-minded organizations are coming up with ideas on how to sign people up.
One has to wonder, however, about a proposal by Common Cause to attract what it says would be thousands of new voters by adding registration information to the back of lottery tickets. I bet someone in Vegas could give odds that it would be more like a dozen.
First of all, lottery tickets are so small that anything that is printed on the back of them would require a magnifying glass for most people to read.
Second, when a person picks a series of nonwinning numbers or scrapes the rubbery gunk off a scratch ticket and gets no matches, they are probably more likely to tear it into little bits than to think “Let’s turn this over and see what’s on the back.”
Third, if it’s a winning ticket, their eyes are going to be glued on the front, and not care a bit what’s on the back.
A bit late
Naghmana Sherazi might have been surprised to discover last week she was being endorsed for a Spokane City Council seat by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility when it released its candidate list for the November election.
Sherazi won’t be on the November ballot after finishing third in the August primary.